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Lenovo to build custom Windows Phone 8 handset

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Lenovo to build custom Windows Phone 8 handset
With Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft had a set of strict requirements that handset manufacturer's had to follow. That is why no Windows Phone model had a 4.7 inch screen (outside of the HTC Titan, of course) or  dual-core processor, among other things. A lot of that will change with Windows Phone 8 which will also allow for HD displays, enhanced multitasking and more. And while the update adds more functionality, most things will remain under Microsoft's thumb.

The Android powered Lenovo LePhone S880

The Android powered Lenovo LePhone S880

To that end, WPDang says that Lenovo has sent a number of R&D executives to meet with Microsoft in an attempt to negotiate more freedom for designing the UI of a Lenovo Windows Phone 8 model. For the recently launched Android powered  Lenovo LePhone S880, the OEM had spent plenty of time and money on the UI, and a custom app store. With its Windows Phone 8 model, Lenovo would want to keep as much of the customized build as possible. Microsoft might give in with the app store, but allowing Lenovo to go ahead with customizing the UI will be a hard sell for the OEM.

source: WPDang (translated), WPSauce via WMPoweruser

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posted on 04 Jul 2012, 18:39 5

1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2115; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The second sentence of this article is incorrect. While Windows Phones don't support dual-core processors, both the HTC Titan & the HTC Titan II on AT&T have 4.7 inch screens.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 18:39 4

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Umm... The HTC Titan had a 4.7 inch screen and it was on mango.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 01:28 1

13. ilriz08 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


that's why they said outside the titan

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 08:50

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2115; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


They added that afterward.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 18:56 2

3. ppLVR (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Tough luck Lenovo. W.P is not like some other OS where you can just put some crap skin on it. Try differentiating with beautiful phone designs instead please.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:01 2

4. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


"no Windows Phone model had a 4.7 inch screen" titan, anyone? titan 2

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 01:28 1

14. ilriz08 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


that's why they said outside the titan

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:38 1

5. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Windows phones are failure.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 20:59 6

6. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


Your the failure troll pathetic smh. Hope they can let them change something and give the users choice to use it or not

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 21:31 3

7. Penny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Says some guy named som...

Tell us why what you say matters again?

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:16 5

8. Jkidd569 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Windows phone 8 is going to be amazing. Its new features are going to make it competitive in the market and a new mobile operating system to beat in the upcoming months in fall and in 2013.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:28 4

9. 12Danny12 (Posts: 20; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


You som your a failure in your life. Your living in poverty and your too poor to buy food. Here's $5 and buy yourself a cardboard house to live in for your life. And honestly windows phone 8 is gonna beat iPhone and android in enterprise badly.

posted on 04 Jul 2012, 22:58 2

10. Alan01 (Posts: 176; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Thanks for the heads-up, everyone! The Titan didn't come to mind for some reason.

Alan F.

posted on 05 Jul 2012, 00:36 2

11. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Hope they don't screw the UI

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